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"GNOMEO & JULIET"
(2011) (voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt) (G)


Alcohol/Drugs None
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Minor
Music (Scary/Tense) Moderate
Music (Inappropriate) Mild
Profanity Minor
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Animated Dramedy: In this modified version of "Romeo and Juliet," gnomes from opposing yard decoration collections end up falling for each other, but try to hide that from their family and friends due to the longstanding conflict between their groups.
PLOT:
In adjoining backyards of an English neighborhood, disparate groups of gnomes and other yard decorations are actually sentient beings that carry on with their lives whenever humans are not around. On one side are the "Reds," lead by gnome Lord Redbrick (voice of MICHAEL CAINE) who's quite protective of his daughter, Juliet (voice of EMILY BLUNT). Despite that, she's quite capable of handling herself and has a good friend in frog fountain figure Nanette (voice of ASHLEY JENSEN), while the likes of gnome Tybalt (voice of JASON STATHAM) are more interested in upstaging their rival "Blues" in events such as lawnmower drag races.

The main blue racer is Gnomeo (voice of JAMES McAVOY), the dashing and adventurous son of Lady Bluebury (voice of MAGGIE SMITH) and friend to fellow gnome Benny (voice of MATT LUCAS). While in disguise to retrieve a coveted orchid at a nearby greenhouse, Gnomeo ends up meeting Juliet who's after the same thing and is similarly disguised. Due to their dress, they don't realize they're from rival groups and end up instantly smitten with each other. When they realize the other's true identity, they're shocked, but decide to continue seeing each other despite what their families and friends would say.

During one of their clandestine meetings, they encounter plastic pink flamingo Featherstone (voice of JIM CUMMINGS) who's been locked inside a shed for years, but encourages their romance. As those on their respective sides continue trying to undermine their rivals, the young couple tries to keep their romance under wraps, but must contend with the discovery of that as well as the ramifications of the ever-intensifying feud between the groups.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet many younger ones might be enticed by the offering, especially since it looks somewhat similar to the "Toy Story" films.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: G
Apparently for not containing material to warrant a higher rating.


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